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35 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

35 Weeks Pregnant

35 Weeks Pregnant
35 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is 18.2 inches long this week and weighs 5.3 pounds. That’s about the size of a George Foreman Grill.

Your Baby at 35 Weeks

  • Kidneys and liver: In fetal development news, your baby’s kidneys and liver are in working order and starting to um, process.
  • Slower growth: Around now, your baby’s growth starts to plateau a bit. They’re still packing on the ounces, getting properly chubbed, but they’ll only grow a couple more inches before birth.
  • Listening in: Hearing has undergone a lot of development. Your baby has been listening to your voice for a while now, but may also recognize your partner’s now too. Your baby may even react to high-pitched or loud noises.

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How many weeks left? Only have five weeks left!

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 35

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Pregnancy Symptoms at 35 Weeks

  • Braxton Hicks contractions: Feeling some tightness across your tummy? Those cramping sensations are probably Braxton Hicks contractions getting you ready for labor. (See below for more on this early sign of labor.)
  • Fatigue: Totally understandable if you’re exhausted right now. You’re carrying 25 to 35 extra pounds everywhere you go. Plus, getting quality sleep is tough when you can’t get comfy! Give yourself permission to take a nap over the weekend or go to bed early.
  • Shortness of breath: If your baby hasn’t dropped yet, they’re probably crowding your lungs more and more. You might find you’re out of breath when you take the stairs or hustle on your way to work. Try to take it a little easier, so you don’t risk fainting.
  • Sore hips: Your joints and ligaments are getting softer to ready for baby’s trip down the birth canal. So you might notice a bit of instability or soreness.
  • Frequent urination: You’re running out of room for anything new in there, including pee. So trips to the bathroom are a frequent occurrence.

Top Tip for 35 Weeks Pregnant

Download a good contraction app timer so you’ll be ready before active labor starts. (Here are ones for iPhone and Android.)

What are the Signs of Labor?

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One of the biggest questions pregnant women (especially first-timers) ask is, “How will I know I’m in labor?” It’s probably not enough for us to say, “Believe us, you’ll know!” You want solid facts and guidelines to know labor symptoms at 35 weeks pregnant. So know to most common signs of labor to look out for, both in the weeks and the hours before you give birth.

Early Signs of Labor

These are signs your baby will arrive soon. Every pregnancy is different, so we can’t say exactly how long the whole thing will take. It could be weeks or days. Maybe even hours. But they’re all signs your bod is prepping to give birth.

Baby drops: You might start feeling like you can breathe easier and that heartburn is less of a problem—but you need to pee (even) more often, and you’re waddling around like a duck. These are signs your baby has “dropped” into pelvis, getting ready to make the big descent.

Braxton Hicks contractions: These tightening, or cramping, sensations are mild, random and usually go away within a minute or two. Healthcare providers believe Braxton Hicks tone the uterus in the days and weeks before active labor begins, and that they may help the cervix soften, dilate and efface (or opens and thins out).

Mucus plug: You might be surprised to find a gelatinous mass in your undies or the toilet. This (kinda gross) discharge is a bit of mucus that was previously sealing off the opening to the uterus. As the cervix begins to change to ready for delivery, it gets released. The mucus plug may or may not be accompanied by a “bloody show,” which is a blood-tinged discharge due to bursting of some blood vessels near the cervix as it begins to dilate. But keep in mind, some woman don’t see much of this at all.

Signs of Active Labor

As early labor goes on, you’ll probably be able to go about your usual life (mostly), going to work, running errands, taking your dog for walks…but once active labor begins, it means you’re about to give birth.

If you have any of the below signs of active labor, call your doctor or midwife for instructions on what to do. Depending on your symptoms and how far you are from the hospital or birthing center, you may have time to (try to) relax at home, or to gather your hospital bag before you have to go in. Or they might tell you to get there stat!

These are the signs it’s the real deal:

Labor contractions: The contractions of active labor are different from Braxton Hicks because they get increasingly intense, regular and often as time goes on. If you notice regular contractions, start timing them to see how long and how far apart they are, and let your doctor know. At first, they might seem mild, but they’ll intensify as time goes on.

Water breaking: One surefire sign of baby’s impending arrival is your water breaking. Water breaking means the sac has broken (a.k.a. rupture of membranes) and amniotic fluid is leaking out, which can happen before or after contractions start. If this is your first sign of active labor, it means contractions will begin really soon, usually within 12 to 48 hours.

Remember, amniotic fluid might not come out in one big gush the way it does in the movies. It might be more like a trickle that just keeps flowing—and it can easily be mistaken for leaking pee—so keep a lookout.

Downward pressure: If you feel a really intense pressure down below—an urge to push sort of like you have to go #2—you might be delivering this baby, um, kinda like NOW!

Find out more about what happens during labor.

When Will Baby Be Considered Full Term?

Your pregnancy will officially be considered full term at 39 weeks, so you only have four weeks to a fully baked babe!

In the past, any pregnancy lasting at least 37 weeks was considered “term.” But in recent years, OBs have better refined the classification, since every week can make a big difference in fetal development. Babies born at 37 and 38 weeks aren’t always as healthy as those born at 39 and 40 weeks are, since the brain, lungs, vision, hearing and more are still developing, and they’re putting on important weight. Babies born at 41 weeks on could be at higher risk for complications your doctor would want to monitor you for. So it now goes like this:

Early term: 37 weeks pregnant through the end of 38 weeks pregnant

Full term: 39 weeks pregnant through the end of 40 weeks pregnant

Late term: 41 weeks pregnant through the end 41 weeks

Postterm: 42 weeks pregnant and beyond

The gist is that if you’re scheduling a c-section or an induction, don’t be in a rush. Waiting until at least 39 weeks is ideal. Of course, if your baby decides on their own when they’ll arrive (meaning: you go into labor naturally), you’ll just have to go with the flow.

Partner Tip

Assemble all nursery furniture. If you need a second pair of hands, call a friend.

Your 35 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Your uterus has slowly been moving up your abdomen and now probably reaches under your rib cage. Crazy, right? Soon, the baby may start to move farther downward to get ready for birth.

Your baby’s movements might noticeably change now, since there’s less room for them to move around in there. For example, there might be fewer sharp kicks and more wiggles and squirms. You should keep up the kick counts though, since the sensations might feel different but they should be just as often as usual. Any decreases or times when there’s less than 10 movements in two hours should be reported to your OB.

Baby Bumps at 35 Weeks Pregnant


What About That Birth Plan?

Have you written your birth plan yet? A birth plan is a list of your preferences during labor and delivery.

Honestly it should really be called a birth “wish list” because plans have a way of going out the window on delivery day, but the process of creating one helps you think through different aspects of giving birth and how you’d prefer your medical team handles them.

Familiarize yourself with the birth process. Then write down your wishes. This can include:

  • Who you want in the delivery room with you
  • Pain relief preferences
  • Fetal monitoring preferences
  • Any specific places you’d like to labor, like in a tub or shower
  • Music or lighting preferences
  • Any specific ways you’d like to push—squatting, for example
  • Preferences about the use of forceps, vacuum and/or episiotomy
  • Who you would like to cut the cord
  • Preferences on newborn procedures such the Vitamin K shot, eye drops, bathing circumcision, etc.
  • Preference about the postpartum period, such as having baby stay in the room with you, or bottle feeding
  • C-section preferences in case an emergency one is necessary
  • NICU preferences, in case baby needs to go there

Give a copy of your birth plan to your OB or midwife and communicate it with your delivery team to get everyone on the same page.

Read more about how to write a birth plan to get started.


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Week 35 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Check with your health insurance provider to see how to add your baby to your plan after they’re born.
  • Get your Group B Strep test, or schedule it for between now and 37 weeks pregnant.
  • Have your partner, a reliable friend or a car seat safety technician install the car seat (after reading the manual thoroughly).
  • Wash a fitted crib sheet and all your baby clothes in newborn and 0- to 3- month sizes, so they’re ready for baby’s arrival.
  • Revisit your list of baby names. If you already made a choice, do you still love it? If you still have a list of a few possibilities, can you narrow it down some more?
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